Your permit is the first step in behind the wheel training. It indicates that you have knowledge of the rules of the road and are ready to drive with a qualified instructor.
If you are between 15 ½ and 17 ½ years of age, you will need to provide proof that you have completed driver education.
TO RECEIVE A PERMIT, YOU MUST:
OPTION 1: Call us at 415-444-0571 and we will mail you the form.
OPTION 2: Fill out the Electronic Driver License and Identification Card (ID) Application (DL44) online by clicking on the following button. This will bring you to the DMV website. Follow the instruction to obtain an ID.me account. Once you have an ID.me account, select Get a Card First Time and Driver's License.
OPTION 3: Stop by your local DMV to pick up the form.
Be sure to bring:
1. Certificate of Completion of Driver’s Education (Pink or Blue Certificate)
2. Legal Birth Certificate or Current Passport
3. One of the following to get your Real ID:
a. Student ID
b. Copy of a student record
c. Tax record with your name on it
d. Bank statement with your name on it
4. Social Security Number
5. DMV Form DL44 - Have both Parents’ or Guardians’ signatures on the application form.
6. Application Fee of $35.00
When you arrive at the DMV, you will be asked to do the following:
1. Verify your identity
If you fail the test, you must wait one week before taking it again. This will give you time to study.
The provisional permit is not valid until you start your behind-the-wheel driver training with a licensed instructor or reach the age of 17 ½.
PROVISIONAL PERMIT RESTRICTIONS: You must practice with a parent, guardian, spouse, or an adult 25 years of age or older, who has a valid California driver license. The person must be close enough to take control of the vehicle at any time.
A provisional permit does not let you drive alone – not even to a DMV office to take a driving test. If you have a permit that allows you to drive a motorcycle or moped, you cannot carry passengers and you must ride during the day light hours only and not on the freeway.
M-F: 11am - 6pm